The vineyards of Tuscany are recognized worldwide for their quality wines: Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, all elaborated with the noble sangiovese grape varietal. The region also gained awareness with its blended wines. These wines, Super Tuscans, are partly made with international varietals such as Merlot and Cabernet. The many types of Tuscan wines reflect the diversity of its terroirs. The volcanic soils in the south, the ocean to the west, the mountains overlooking the east and the north and, finally, the region’s central hills all impart fundamentally different characters to the wines based on variances in land and altitude.
The Sangiovese grape is the king of Tuscany. It is called Brunello in the subregion of Montalcino, and Morellino on the west coast. Whatever the local terminology, this aromatic grape variety, which has a nice acidity, is usually fruity and floral and goes wonderfully with the tomato-based Italian cuisine. Sangiovese wines can be light bodied or concentrated depending on location, type of viticulture, and winemaking process.
Wine & Spirits Magazine, vintage 2012, 93 pts James Suckling, vintage 2012, 94pts Wine Spectator, vintage 2012, 94pts Robert Parker, vintage 2012, 91pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, vintage 2012, 92pts
"Le Ragnaie's 2012 Rosso di Montalcino is initially tight and compressed with focused tones of cassis, licorice and balsam herb. You get a good dose of that inner complexity and elegance that is characteristic of its big sister wine, Brunello di Montalcino. It also shows a similar ability to change and evolve in the glass with each passing minute. The...
One of the flagship estates of Chianti Rufina, Colognole is a consistent and respected producer. The beautiful property in the hills above Rufina includes a restaurant and a charming bed & breakfast located in the main Tuscan villa. I had a chance to informally taste through some older vintages with proprietor Cesare Coda Nunziante and was impressed...
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James Suckling, vintage 2012, 95pts Wine & Spirits magazine, vintage 2012, 94pts Wine Spectator, vintage 2012, 94pts Robert Parker, vintage 2012, 93pts Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media, vintage 2012, 93pts